SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Ringo Starr said he had no particular interest in music until he heard, around the age of seven, Gene Autry singing this song in a movie.  It left him with a lifelong love of Country and Western music, and he called Autry the most significant musical force in his life.

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The clip at the head of this post is probably the scene he was referring to, from South Of the Border, 1939, though Ringo would have to have seen a reissue of it sometime after WWII.  Discussing it in 1976, he misremembered its details — he thought Autry had slung his leg over the horn of his saddle when singing the song — but he described it as his “first musical experience”, one that had stuck in his brain ever since.

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He added that his bedroom was covered with Gene Autry posters.

WHAT I’M SPINNING NOW

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This double-LP set consists of excerpts from the film’s soundtrack complete with effects and dialogue.  Not the best presentation of the musical score but a fascinating way to study the audio mix of the film, which is very complex and inventive.  The sound effects and the dialogue and the score and the occasional rock songs were all integrated into a seamless “musical” tapestry.

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THE COSMOPOLITANS

If you’re a fan of Whit Stillman’s movies, or just a fan of quirky, original, amusing TV, take a look at Stillman’s pilot for an Amazon Originals series:

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It’s a short, funny, intriguing introduction to a circle of young ex-pats living in Paris — they’re sophisticated, up to a point, clueless, up to a point, and generally bewildered about love and sex, which is what they’re mostly interested in.

If you like it, vote for the series to continue — which is the only way we’re going to get more of this delectable treat.